07 Mar 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) Female parliamentarians have extended congratulations to Esther Utjiua Muinjangue for making history by being the first woman elected to lead a political party in Namibia.
Muinjangue became the president of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) when she defeated Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu by 240 votes to 227 at the partys third elective congress in Windhoek over the weekend.
She took over from Asser Mbai.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Member of Parliament (MP), Elma Dienda said she was ecstatic when she heard the news and prayed for her to get the strength she will need to lead the party, because there might be some people who will undermine her leadership.
I am happy for her, I congratulated her and pray for her to God to give her strength to lead the party, this is a sign that women are ready to lead. She is a good example to other women who want to get into politics, I think it is a male thing; I hope she will use her voice to address issues affecting women, especially in the political arena, said Dienda.
She added that she never thought a party like Nudo would ever consider the idea of having a female leader, and this is a sign that Namibians are ready for the first female country president.
Former Home Affairs Minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said Muinjangue made history, noting she is a society leader and hoped her victory will inspire other women.
I am proud of her, she stood among men and came out victorious. I hope her victory will inspire and strengthen other women to believe that it can be done. Honestly speaking, I never thought a party like Nudo would ever have a female president, said Iivula-Ithana.
Another female MP, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said Muinjangues achievement is for every Namibian woman in politics, adding she will be a great additional asset to Parliament.
She is welcome, she made history and her achievement is our achievement too. If there is a member from the party to come to Parliament, then she should be one of them as you know that we are pushing for 50/50 gender representation in Parliament and I think she will be a great addition, so we will welcome her with open arms, said Sioka.
She added that Muinjangues victory is a big example to other women and that especially young girls will look up to her and get inspired to get into politics, because they are needed to take over from the current leaders as they are ageing.